Northern Arizona Healthcare named as a top performing healthcare system

In IBM Watson Health’s™, formerly Truven Health Analytics, April 23 publication, Northern Arizona Healthcare is listed among the nation’s top performing healthcare systems, ranking in the top-performance quintile of 338 healthcare systems in a recent study. NAH has earned this distinction for six years in a row.

NAH is one of only 22 small hospital systems to earn this recognition, and the only one in Arizona. To achieve this, NAH outperformed lower-ranking peers in terms of the following:

  • Patient outcomes − including lower mortality and complications rates.
  • Patient safety – NAH had fewer occurrences of hospital acquired infections, or HAIs.
  • High-quality care − NAH followed accepted care protocols for core measures more closely and had significantly fewer patient safety incidents.
  • Lower 30-day mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction heart failure, pneumonia, COPD and stroke patients.
  • Lower 30-day readmissions for patients with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and total hip/knee arthroplasty.
  • Wait times – NAH had dramatically lower emergency department wait times compared to the bottom quintile systems.
  • Efficiency − NAH released patients almost one day sooner than the lowest performers.
  • A high score on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, overall patient rating of care – more than 11 points higher than organizations in the lowest quintile.

Way to go, NAH! Always better care. Every person, every time…together.

Read the full report here.

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